Phillip C. Gauger

Education & Certifications  

PhD (2012) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
MS (2008) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
DVM (1994) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
BS (1990) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine


VDPAM 455 - Diagnostic Laboratory Practicum
VDPAM 456 - Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Methods & Applications
VDPAM 488 - Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Research Focus & Interests  

Molecular diagnostics and diagnostic medicine, swine production medicine, influenza A virus in swine, PRRSV, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, porcine circovirus, porcine parainfluenza virus type 1

Honors & Awards  

Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, 2019
Certificate of Merit, UDSA/NADC/ARS; Direct/indirect support Virus & Prion Research Unit, 2014
American College of Veterinary Microbiologists Award, 2010
Alex Hogg Memorial Scholarship, 2009


Assistant Professor & Molecular, Bioinformatics, Health Assurance Testing Services, Sample Processing Section Leader (2012 – Present): Provide leadership, direction and management of the MBHS diagnostic section for the ISU VDL.



Selected Publications  

Google Scholar Page

Souza CK, Rajão DS, Sandbulte MR, Lopes S, Lewis NS, Loving CL, Gauger PC, Vincent AL. The type of adjuvant in whole inactivated influenza a virus vaccines impacts vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease. Vaccine. 2018 Oct 1;36(41):6103-6110.

Abente EJ, Rajao DS, Santos J, Kaplan BS, Nicholson TL, Brockmeier SL, Gauger PC, Perez DR, Vincent AL. Comparison of adjuvanted-whole inactivated virus and live-attenuated virus vaccines against challenge with contemporary, antigenically distinct swine H3N2 influenza A viruses. J Virol. 2018 Sep 5. pii: JVI.01323-18.

Kaplan BS, Souza CK, Gauger PC, Stauft CB, Robert Coleman J, Mueller S, Vincent AL. Vaccination of pigs with a codon-pair bias de-optimized live attenuated influenza vaccine protects from homologous challenge. Vaccine. 2018 Feb 14;36(8):1101-1107.

Opriessnig T, Gauger PC, Gerber PF, Castro AMMG, Shen H, Murphy L, Digard P, Halbur PG, Xia M, Jiang X, Tan M. Comparison of the efficacy of a commercial inactivated influenza A/H1N1/pdm09 virus (pH1N1) vaccine and two experimental M2e-based vaccines against pH1N1 challenge in the growing pig model. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 30;13(1):e0191739.

Houston DD, Azeem S, Lundy CW, Sato Y, Guo B, Blanchong JA, Gauger PC, Marks DR, Yoon KJ, Adelman JS. Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape. Peer J. 2017 Dec 13;5:e4060.

Tian D, Sooryanarain H, Matzinger SR, Gauger PC, Karuppannan AK, Elankumaran S, Opriessnig T, Meng XJ. Protective efficacy of a virus-vectored multi-component vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, porcine circovirus type 2 and swine influenza virus. J Gen Virol. 2017 Dec;98(12):3026-3036.

Abente EJ, Gauger PC, Walia RR, Rajao DS, Zhang J, Harmon KM, Killian ML, Vincent AL. Detection and characterization of an H4N6 avian-lineage influenza A virus in pigs in the Midwestern United States. Virology. 2017 Nov;511:56-65.

Park JY, Welch M, Harmon KM, Zhang J, Piñeyro PE, Li G, Gauger PC. Complete Genome Sequence of Porcine respirovirus 1 Strain USA/MN25890NS/2016, Isolated in the United States. Genome Announc. 2017 Oct 19;5(42).

Arruda PH, Stevenson GW, Killian ML, Burrough ER, Gauger PC, Harmon KM, Magstadt DR, Yoon KJ, Zhang J, Madson DM, Piñeyro P, Derscheid RJ, Schwartz KJ, Cooper VL, Halbur PG, Main RG, Sato Y, Arruda BL. Outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian Influenza A virus infection in two commercial layer facilities: lesions and viral antigen distribution. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2016 Sep;28(5):568-73.

Abente EJ, Anderson TK, Rajao DS, Swenson S, Gauger PC, Vincent AL. The avian-origin H3N2 canine influenza virus that recently emerged in the United States has limited replication in swine. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2016 Sep;10(5):429-32.